Workplace Learning

 What is Workplace Learning all about?

This program provides an invaluable opportunity for a student to develop the many skills they need for employment. A student learns to apply and adapt the workplace skills that are necessary to understand and carry out different types of work in varying industries, and that play a key role in lifelong learning. Many employers expect school leavers to already have some practical experience, enabling them to quickly become productive in a new job.


The program enables a student undertaking a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification to collect evidence of the attainment of units of competency relevant to their qualification. It is not essential, however, to be enrolled in a VET qualification to undertake this program.


This program also allows students to experience an industry and decide whether it is right for them.


Who should select these units in Year 11?

All students who are accepted into the VET Program (except Certificate II Kitchen Operations and Certificate II Information, Digital Media and Technology) will be enrolled into this program.



Developing competence in workplace skills assists the student to gain employment and to achieve competence in their VET qualification units.


Completion requirements

For each 55 hours completed in the workplace, a student must complete the:

  • Workplace Learning Logbook

This includes:

  • an attendance record which must be completed progressively by the student
  • a task schedule which must be completed progressively by the student
  • a workplace supervisor’s evaluation of student performance.
  • Workplace Learning Skills Journal (10 questions)

This provides a framework for the student to provide specific examples that demonstrate his/her application of work skills, knowledge and understandings

Unit equivalence

Unit equivalence is allocated on the basis of 1 unit equivalent for each 55 hours completed in the workplace, to a maximum of 4 units. That is:

Less than 55 hours = 0 unit equivalents

55 – 109 hours = 1 unit equivalent

110 – 164 hours = 2 unit equivalents

165 – 219 hours = 3 unit equivalents

220 + hours = 4 unit equivalents.